Thursday marked the first time that offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had the chance to speak with the media since the Bucs 37-26 loss to the Panthers in London. While the game was almost two weeks ago, the memory of Jameis Winston’s six-turnover performance is still fresh in the minds of many.
Winston has had bad performances like the London game before, such as a four-interception game against the Cincinnati Bengals last season that got him benched. But this was the first time it was happening under Leftwich as his coordinator. It’s something that he hadn’t seen before.
“I don’t know if you ever foresee that,” Leftwich said. “I don’t know if that’s something that you can really foresee, it happened regardless of the issues and the reasons why. We’ll learn from it, we’ll get better from it, we got to move on and try to find a way to win this game.”
For as bad as a game that Winston and the Bucs had, Winston does have the tendency to bounce back with a good performance the week after. Leftwich can only make his observations from what he’s seen from his quarterback this season, but he alluded to the fact that the turnover bug that has plagued Winston in the past are mistakes that can and will be corrected.
“I don’t know because the only body of work that he can judge is from this year.” Leftwich said on Winston’s ability to bounce back after a poor game. “We just got to continue getting better as a whole. We’ll work on the things, some of those turnovers are extremely fixable, so we’ll fix them, and we’ll get better, he’ll play better.”
With a bye week coming right off the heels of the London trip, it could let the loss linger just a bit more. Leftwich assured that as soon as the film for the Tennessee Titans was on, any thoughts of the game prior were out the door. That’s how Leftwich believes Winston, or any quarterback for that matter, should start the week, no matter if it’s a win, loss, or tie.
“You just go to the next opponent,” Leftwich said. “All you got to do is cut the tape on for the next team, and trust me, as good as this team is playing right now especially on the defensive side of the football, you forget about the team you just played. That’s going to be every week for him, for us in general, we got to have the idea that no matter what we’re going to prepare our butts off for the week. Once that game happens, we’ll move onto the next opponent. That’s all you can really do in this league.”